30 Under 30

ILA's 30 Under 30 list celebrates the rising innovators, disruptors, and visionaries in the literacy field.

Akash Patel
Andrea Liao
Anna Bjork
Austin Martin
Candace Chamberss
Cedric Christian Elongue
Dwayne Reed
Erin O'Neil
Enwongo-Abasi Francis
Havana Chapman Edwards
Jigyasa Labroo
Jimmie Chengo
Josephine Lichaha
Kelsey Reynolds
Mahdi Housaini
Mari Sawa
Olivia Van Ledtje
Ondrej Kania
Patrick Harris
Rebecca Quinones
Roman Lay
Ryan Brady
Saurabh Anand
Seth French
Shayla Glass Thompson
Simpson Muhwezi
Tien Hao Yen
Tiyana Herring
Tori Hill
Zachery Ramos

These educators, researchers, and advocates represent some of the best and brightest emerging leaders working to achieve our collective mission: literacy for all.

Read about our 2021 class of 30 Under 30 honorees.


Nominate a literacy champion

ILA’s 30 Under 30 list is released biennially and nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. However, to be considered for the 2023 list, nominations must be submitted by June 30, 2022. Submit a nomination for yourself or a colleague here.

Honorees on the 2023 list will be announced in the January/February/March 2023 issue of Literacy Today and will be promoted across ILA's platforms. Each honoree receives a complimentary one-year ILA membership, is recognized at an ILA event, and joins a dynamic network of literacy leaders.

30 Under 30 honorees become important members of the ILA family. Past recipients have served as General Session speakers as well as session presenters and moderators at our conference. They have written extensively through our publishing platforms, volunteered for task forces, and become valuable members of local chapters and affiliates.


Prior lists

Click below to read about past 30 Under 30 honorees.



Note: The program moved to a biennial schedule starting with the 2019 list.


Keeping up with 30 Under 30

We continue to highlight the work of our 30 Under 30 recipients beyond the release of each list. Check out what some past honorees have been up to: